Constipation is a condition of hard and dry stool that are infrequent or hard to pass.
Acute constipation caused by staying in a sitting position for long periods of time that kinks up the colon and restrain stool from passing through can be reversed in a few days with or without the use of
a laxative or over the counter medicine
Chronic constipation is a condition characterized by difficult, infrequent, or perceived incomplete evacuation of bowel movements with less than 3 bowel movement a week.
In most cases, chronic constipation with no structural and medical problems is normally caused by long-term an unhealthy diet with low fiber.
Certain medications calcium channel blockers, narcotics are also found to induce constipation.
According to the recommendation of the health professionals, total fiber intake per day is 25-35 grams, depending on your sex, age, and weight for people with or without the condition of constipation.
Some people taking total fiber intake per day is 25-35 grams may experience symptoms of excess colon gas and flatus. In this instance, soluble fiber should be cut down on first before cutting down of insoluble fiber.
More precisely, a high fiber diet must be accompanied by increased fluid intake and moderate exercise for maintaining good colon health against constipation in patients with no structural and medical problem.
According to the statistics, in the US, approximately 4 million people have frequent constipation, affecting about 2 percent of Americans. Constipation also is the most common digestive complaint in the US, outnumbering all other chronic digestive conditions.
Some researchers suggested that there is a correlation between aging in the risk of constipation.
Dr. Brenda G. Schuster wrote, "Constipation is a common complaint and challenge for older adults. The prevalence of constipation increases with age and differs among settings. In individuals 65 years of age or older in the community, the prevalence is 26% for women and 16% for men.1
And "This rate increases to 34% for women and 26% for men in those 84 years of age and older.1For long-term care residents, the prevalence is as high as 80%".
In other words, adults who are 65 years of age are at a higher risk of constipation.
On finding a natural laxative compound for the treatment of chronic constipation, researchers examined the effect of bromelain (EC 18.104.22.168) isolated and purified from pineapple fruit on constipation.
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(1) Fruit bromelain ameliorates rat constipation induced by loperamide by Zijuan Zhou‡ a, Liang Wang‡a, Ming Xu‡b, Lianhong Yin, Fang Yang, Simei Huic, Yanlin Yi, Panpan Fenga, Jingyu Wanga, Yuan Lin*b, Jinyong Peng and Dapeng Chen. (the Royal Society of Chemistry)
(3) Constipation in older adults. A stepwise approach to keep things moving by Brenda G. Schuster, Lynette Kosar, and Rejina Kamrul (PMC)